December 13, 1998
As David L. Ulin notes in "Honk if You Love Pico-Union" (Nov. 15), L.A. audiences don't turn out in droves to support home-grown or nontraditional arts. The few existing mid-sized theaters don't seem to be thriving, and the demise of Alfaro's alma mater, the Inner City Cultural Center, which emerged from the ashes of the Watts riots, has left a large void. However, as long as Alfaro and other gap-straddling, fun-poking, hmm-inducing performers and writers can work at art-irritating-life, there may be hope for this city yet. Kezia M. Jauron Sherman Oaks To those who know him, Alfaro is a gifted talent, one who perseveres and relates Latino complexities to an oft-times skeptical public.
January 1, 2012 |
Return to David L. Ulin's review of this essay. PARADISE I shall attempt, in this piece, an appraisal of the civilization of Southern California, but it occurs to me that before I begin I had better give you some idea what the place looks like. If you are like myself before I came here, you have formed, from Sunkist ads, newsreels, movie magazines, railroad folders, and so on, a somewhat false picture of it, and you will have to get rid of this before you can understand what I am trying to say. Wash out, then, the "land of sunshine, fruit, and flowers": all these are here, but not with the lush, verdant fragrance that you have probably imagined.
July 15, 2007
The following reviews are scheduled: Jonathan Kirsch reviews "The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast From Times Square to the Golden Gate" by Michael Wallis and Michael S. Williamson. Bernadette Murphy reviews "The River Wife," a novel by Jonis Agee. Tim Rutten reviews "The Song Before It Is Sung," a novel by Justin Cartwright. Kai Maristed reviews "The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur" by Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. David L.
December 10, 2006 |
WHEN you work on something day in and day out, it can be easy to lose perspective. So much of your attention is focused on the immediate -- what's coming out this week, this moment -- that the long view disappears. Yet as we here at Book Review went back over the titles we covered in 2006, one thing became quite apparent: In the world of books and publishing, it was a very good year.
May 4, 2008
David L. Ulin wrote that Joe Torre "isn't a legend but a person . . ." ("A Legend on the Line," April 6). Let's see. The Yankees had not won a World Series in 18 years and yet won in Torre's first year at the Yankees helm. He followed with 11 playoff appearances, nine division titles, five American League pennants and three World Series titles. And Ulin writes, "Torre must guide the Dodgers to their first pennant in 20 years to secure his place in baseball history." Still, Ulin adds that Torre's record with the Yankees "is matched only by those of Casey Stengel and Joe McCarthy, two of the most iconic figures ever to manage a baseball team."